maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ ˈmak-​sə-​mə How to pronounce maxima (audio) \ or maximums\ ˈmak-​s(ə-​)məmz How to pronounce maximums (audio) \

Definition of maximum

1a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2 : an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)
3 : the largest of a set of numbers specifically : the largest value assumed by a real-valued continuous function defined on a closed interval

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Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for maximum

Synonyms

max, most, outside

Antonyms

least, minimum

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The storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, according to the NHC. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Tropical Storm Humberto is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Sunday," 15 Sep. 2019 The slow-moving Category 5 storm had 185 mph maximum sustained winds, gusts that topped 200 mph and a storm surge that reached nearly two-dozen feet. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Hurricane Dorian grows deadlier as more fatalities confirmed in Bahamas," 10 Sep. 2019 The tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving quickly to the northwest at 17 mph. Cheryl Mccloud, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Center monitors 3 Atlantic systems; Gabrielle expected to become hurricane," 7 Sep. 2019 Dorian lashed the east coast of central Florida on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds at 110mph winds east of Melbourne, the National Hurricane Center said then. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Nurse Gives Birth While on Duty During Hurricane Dorian: 'I Was in the Perfect Place'," 6 Sep. 2019 The center of Hurricane Dorian made landfall at 8:35 a.m. Friday over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds near 90 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Hurricane Dorian makes landfall at Cape Hatteras," 6 Sep. 2019 The storm has maximum sustained winds near 90 mph with some higher gusts. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Now that Hurricane Dorian hit the coast, what is it doing to Myrtle Beach, Outer Banks?," 6 Sep. 2019 The Category 2 storm had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was moving northeast at 13 mph. Meg Kinnard, chicagotribune.com, "Hurricane Dorian sideswipes the coast of the Carolinas, spinning off tornadoes and taking aim at Outer Banks," 5 Sep. 2019 The Category 2 storm had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was moving northeast at 13 mph. Meg Kinnard, Twin Cities, "Hurricane Dorian rakes Carolinas as it moves up the coast," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of maximum

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maximum

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

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maximum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maximum

: the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-sə-məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə \ or maximums

Kids Definition of maximum

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the highest value : greatest amount We had to pay the maximum.

maximum

adjective

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 2 of 3)

: as great as possible in amount or degree We work with maximum efficiency.

maximum

adverb

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 3 of 3)

: at the most … it will only take her two minutes—maximum—to get home.— Betsy Byars, The Computer Nut

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə How to pronounce maxima (audio) \ or maximums

Medical Definition of maximum

1a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2 : an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)

Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

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